JACKSON-Friends and family members of a man who was the innocent victim in a fatal motorcycle crash have set up a gofundme account to help the family pay for medical bills. To date, $8,000 has been raised.
On Thursday, July 5th at approximately 10:20 pm, the Jackson Township Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident investigation Unit responded to the area of South New Prospect Road and Oak Drive to investigate a fatal motorcycle crash observed by a Jackson Township Patrol unit on South New Prospect Road at Oak Drive.
The partnering agencies investigation, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s CSI Unit, and review of the patrol unit’s MVR (Mobile Video Recorder) video extracted by the Ocean County Prosecutors High Tech Crime Unit found that a 2004 Red Yamaha 999 Motorcycle, driven by Anthony Griffin, 22, of Jackson Township, was traveling eastbound on Brewers Bridge Road approaching South New Prospect Road when a Jackson Township marked patrol unit observed Griffin fail to stop for the red traffic signal.
Griffin drove through the red stop light without stopping and turned right heading south onto South New Prospect Road. The Jackson patrol followed and activated his overhead lights to initiate a motor vehicle stop.
At this time, Griffin accelerated at a high rate of speed for approximately 10 seconds approaching Oak Drive where his motorcycle struck the driver side door of a 2008 Grey Hyundai Elantra, driven by Eric Larson, 24, of Jackson Township, who was making a left hand turn to head northbound on South New Prospect Road.
As a result of the crash, Anthony Griffin was pronounced deceased on scene. Eric Larson was transported to Jersey Shore Medical where he is listed in critical condition. The investigation also found the motorcycle was unregistered with fictitious license plates attached.
“Eric Larson was in a tragic accident July 5, 2018 that left him in critical condition in the hospital holding onto life. He was on his way home to his family when he was struck by a motorcyclist fleeing from the police. I am setting up this go fund me to hopefully help his family in someway. He is the father and step dad to 2 beautiful little girls. Right now his family is clinging on to every moment with him. His family is now without a vehicle, his fiancé is unable to work or get to work, not only is money needed for Eric’s medical bills but also to put food on the table for his girls and pay bills while he is unable to. Any donation is truly appreciated and we ask for your prayers while Eric recovers! Due to the circumstances and Eric’s condition Robert Godsil, best friend of Eric’s fiancé will be withdrawing all donations and giving the cash directly to Taylor Bromberg for all his medical bills, transportation, etc,” the GoFundMe page reads.